weymouth and 'bradoon'
Okay guys, I have a 'bit' problem (ie: I have ten unused bits sitting in my tack room, some of which I wont be using for many, many years IF I decide to start working at Dressage) including this ( Herm Sprenger KK Conrad Aurigan Dressage Weymouth - Weymouths from SmartPak Equine ) bit. I googled it and have read that the weymouth bits are used with 'bradoons' which made absolutely no sense to me because I've never used a double, but further searching leads me to believe it's a thinner snaffle? One of which came with the bag of bits I got the above bit with, so I'm assuming I should sell them together? Or can the buyers use ANY snaffle?
(And what do you suggest I sell it FOR, the one I have needs a good cleaning, but is in otherwise good shape)
I have another one as well, but the only stamp on it is 'England'.
When I rode in a double bridle, the curb bit was thinner than the Sprenger as was the thin bradoon (thinner than regular snaffle)
Saddlebag's right - a bradoon (or bridoon) usually has a thinner mouthpiece and smaller rings than a 'standard' snaffle.
Dressage weymouths have a fat mouthpiece (and usually fixed cheeks) compared with the 'standard' sliding-cheek Weymouth used in most double bit sets :)
unclearthur, thanks for catching my spelling. A double bridle was always referred to as bit and bridoon. The mouthpiece on the bit or curb was also thinner than on a Pelham.
Mouthpiece width seems a bit (no pun intended) variable. My weymouth set is from the 1970s and nickel - on later horses I've tended to use stainless pelhams when needed because they've not been properly schooled in doubles. The Weymouth is about the same thickness as a straight bar Pelham I have, thicker than a show Pelham (mullen mouth with loose rings) but narrower than a mullen mouth Rugby Pelham we used on one horse for years. But the 'dressage' weymouths I've seen (with fixed cheeks) usually have a thick mouthpiece, presumably to reduce pressure (and weight - they tend to be hollow).
I guess maybe it depends on the moulds individual manufacturers use when they casting bits. What d'you think? :-)
Interesting info, everyone. I've cleaned it up and it's so shiny and new looking that I just want to keep it in the event that I ever do end up riding in such an advanced bit :lol: I want to learn how to ride in a double eventually.
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